Iphone 6 Plus hurts eyes (NOT a plus phone bashing thread)

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by LaynieGorilla, Sep 21, 2014.

  1. LaynieGorilla macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2011
    Does anyone have this problem? Thought it might have been from me not getting any sleep from the night before that it hurt yesterday but after a full hour's rest tonight it still is an issue. I have turned down brightness and text size. Some of the non-optimized iOS 8 apps are an extremely over sized though.

    This is not a complaint thread, it is obvious that I may have to swap for the 6.. which I don't have a problem doing if I need to. I am just trying to see if others have had this problem and what they have done to deal with it or could it be my eyes trying to adjust to this huge screen. It's surprising to me that this is even an issue because I am in my 20s with perfect vision.

  2. bunger macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2007
    I haven't noticed it on my 6 plus, but I updated my iPad air to iOS 8 and it def seems brighter... I now crank down the brightness even during daytime hours and didn't have to do that before
  3. andyp350 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2011
    I think its quite common with new devices that your eyes aren't used to. I got my first rMBP a few months ago, after the first few days use I nearly returned it as I got such bad eye strain and headaches but i'm glad I gave it more time as I 100% adjusted and am fine using it now. My advice would be to give it a bit longer.
  4. BuffordT macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2014
    I have the exact issue. When looking at the same screen(settings for example) on my 5, same brightness, etc. the 5 is so much easier to look at. The 6 seems to require a lot of effort to focus. I have changed the text size, contrast, etc. and it's still the same. I think the polarizing of the screen just doesn't mesh with my eyes.

    We must be in the extreme minority as this is the only thread I can find mentioning this.
  5. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I am not helping here but find my 6 a little more easy to read. The extra screen realestate is what I have been looking for and I find it better.
  6. Binarymix macrumors 65816

    Nov 1, 2007
    My eyes had to adjust for a few days, I had slight eye strain.

    This is probably due to the higher contrast of the 6+ from the 5s, plus brightness is a lot brighter on lower settings.

    I'm fine now though. The screen is amazing and is like looking at a magazine page, probably even better :D
  7. Geo1688 macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2014
    With the increased size of the screen, the 6 + has been easier on my eyes...
  8. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    I always crank down brightness. I find theming in iOS 7 and 8 overly bright by default. One thing that helped me is going to Settings, General, Accessibility, Increase Contrast and enabling Darken Colors and Reduce White Point.
  9. BuffordT macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2014
    I think it directly relates to the polarizing feature that makes it much easier to see out doors. Outdoors not under direct sunlight my eyes don't strain. Indoors they do.
  10. themyst macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2010
    Keep it further from your face, maybe? You aren't going to be viewing a 60" TV at the same distance as a 32" one.
  11. BuffordT macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2014
    Doesn't make a difference. Side by side my 5 is very easy to look at.
  12. Echonel macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2014
    I went from the 5 to the six plus. Within a few hours my eyes were hurting and blurry. I figured my eyes were just tired. I continued to use the 6 for two weeks and my vision seemed to be getting worse. I really didn't think it was my phone. I thought it was time to buy some reading glasses, but before I did that I decided to go back to my iphone five for a day. My vision is perfect again! I'm so bummed because I love the 6 plus. I wish there was something I could do to make it better. For now I'm stuck with the five.
  13. Zxxv macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2011
    It wasn't until I got to the last line that I realised what your problem is. Stop masterbating :)
  14. Septembersrain macrumors 68040


    Dec 14, 2013
    You know, I think that happened to me too with my 6. I can recall feeling like I was struggling to focus. Now since my device was defective, I only played with it a few hours. I do know that when I picked up my 5c to put in my SIM, I felt relieved when I looked at the screen. I figured it was because the 6 needed some adjustments. Now I'm wondering if it just didn't mesh with my eyes either. Hmm.
  15. techspin macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2014
    Could be your phone has a cooler screen. There's definitely some variation between devices (eg. blue, pink, yellow, plain white). Or maybe try an anti-glare screen protector.
  16. dave9 macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2014
    this worked for me

    So i had used my iphone 6+ for a few days and it was so unbearable i was ready to throw in the towel. Nausea,headaches,severe eye pain even after a few minutes. I never had this with my last phone (3GS) and knew I couldnt live like this. Well my online research turned up lots of possible causes and whether its the high-res retina screen/LED backlighting/PWM flickering/parallax effect i dont know. But changing these 3 things has changed the game for me. i used my phone all day today and have no more eye strain than normal.

    BRIGHTNESS MAXIMUM (this gets rid of PWM flickering)
    BOLD TEXT ON (more contrast, less eye strain)
    REDUCE MOTION ON (this is to reduce the parallax effect in ios7/8)
    i also have TEXT SIZE 2nd setting from the top too..

    hope this helps someone! im so happy i dont have to return my new beautiful phone.
  17. barjatya macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2014

    you need that , but you have to be jailbroken for it .
  18. richardt59 macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2015

    I have the same problem with the eye strain on my 6 plus. I've tried the settings you suggested and it helped a little but something else is going on here. I went to the eye doc and my vision is still near 20/02 - nothing changed. I have had every model iphone except the 6 - went with the 6plus instead. I find it very hard to read text and scroll - will get headaches and feel nauseous after a long time on the phone. It felt like i couldn't focus on the text and had to look away for a sec then look back??? I can switch to my wifes 5s, daughters 5, ipad2 and they are all fine and easy to look at.

    I've changed the 6plus's contrast, icon size, brightness all to match the other phones but still not the same to look at????

    My friend just got a new Samsung phone and the screen is so clear, i played on it for a good hour with no problems...

    Maybe time to call Apple???
  19. richardt59 macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2015
    Called apple and they said that they have had some calls about eye strain but all they could come up with is that most people complaining also had a glass screen protector installed. They suggest removing the glass protector because your eyes may be focusing between the glass screen protector and the text. Its a slight difference maybe 1mm

    I'll give it a try?
  20. shij19 macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2016
    I Have the same problem here with my new 6s. tweaked all settings including brightness, text size etc . did some one find a solution.?
  21. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    It hurts my eyes at night. Even with brightness all the way down and Night Shift mode on, it's still too much to use in bed.
  22. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
  23. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
  24. DeathBecomesMe macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2014
    After almost 2 years with my 6, my eyes are shot. I've never had eye strain issues like this with any other phone. By the end of the day, I look like a crying True Blood vamp.
  25. got556 macrumors 6502


    Jul 7, 2013
    Appropriate user name, given your statements lol

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